While we all go around complaining about $15 dollar cocktails, someone in Kentucky is dropping a G on some mint julep. And that's mere chump change compared to the drink that takes the #1 spot. Here are the ten most expensive cocktails in the world.
10. Kentucky Derby Mint Julep, $1,000, Churchill Downs, KY (above)
This $1k cocktail is made of Woodford Reserve Mint Julep, turbinado sugar, Louisville-grown mint, and ice from a 10,000-year-old glacier. But the expense isn't as much in the ingredients as it's in the experience of drinking out of limited-edition Tiffany & Co. silver cup while watching the 2 minute long race in a really large hat, of course.
9. Original Mai Tai, $1270, Merchant Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
This is J. Wray & Nephew Jamaican rum sourced from the real Trader Vic Bergeon "Trader Vic" of the 1940's. Only six bottles from the original harvest remain and the Merchant Hotel owns one of them, so they charge an absurd amount of money to really rich people with cash to spare.
The Shake Shack, the beloved Madison Square burger stand with the ridiculous queue, is apparently expanding to satiate double-stack hunger in the world.
Eater.com had the scoop, saying three new locations are slated for the city, several in major US cities, and eventual expansion to the Middle East, including Dubai and Saudi Arabia.
No official word from the Shake Shack owner Danny Meyer, but inside sources reported that international expansion is on the way.
Unfortunately for outer borough dwellers, it appears Dubai will get a Shake Shack before Brooklyn.
I suppose we all should have seen this coming. The Shake Shack’s popularity in New York could only lead to enfranchisement. Let the McShack Empire begin.
There’s a lot going on in the chocolate world today! This means I have exactly two noteworthy updates to bring you. Here they are in organized list form:
1) The world’s first Camel’s milk chocolate is going global. Dubai company Al Nassma, Arabic for a cooling desert wind, started developing the product last October and is now finally on the (very select) market. Camel milk has been popular with roaming Bedouins for centuries, but always had trouble leaking into any sort of mainstream market. The United Arab Emirates only has two camel farms, and only one company, Camelicious (no joke), that supplies Al Nassma with the powdered camel milk that they infuse into their luxury line of chocolates. "We aim to be the Godiva of the Middle East," said Al-Nassma spokesman, a succinct mission statement if I’ve ever heard one. The brand plans to cover the Middle East region first, selling at select upscale malls and specialty shops, but will eventually enter the European and American market as well. Camel’s milk, all obtained from one-humped camels who are resistant to hoof-and-mouth disease, contains less fat, less lactose, and more insulin than cow's milk and about five times the amount of vitamin C! Certainly an oasis of welcome news for diabetics, immune ideficient, and lactose intolerant individuals!
2) If you’re like me you know the heart sinking disappointment when you discover the fun-sized Snickers you thoughtfully safeguarded in your jean pocket for later is nothing more than a gooey irreversible glob of melted mush. You dab a wet paper towel uselessly at your outturned pocket and perhaps lick your fingers half-heartedly, pathetically salvaging what has oozed out of the aluminum wrapper. It always makes for a bad day. But could this age-old misfortune soon be a tragedy of the past? In a modern day Wonka-esque feat, chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut seems to have developed a top secret recipe for… melt-resistant chocolate! Barry Callebaut is a powerful Swiss operation and supplies chocolate based products for some of the world’s largest chocolate companies, including Cadbury and Nestle.
While many luxury retailers are cutting back costs, Temperley London opened up a new retail store in Dubai last week. The global recession has had less influence on the oil-rich region where luxury retail remains stable (and ski resorts in the middle of the desert remain popular). The 2,500 square foot space is outfitted in grand décor including an elaborate marble floor, 19th century French antiques, custom-made chandeliers and Temperley London fabrics. The Dubai store will offer ready to wear collections, including Black Label, accessories, a bridal boutique and a VIP area.